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FM WASHDC JAN31/63 TOP SECRET NO RPT NO DISTRUBTION

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For Prime Minister and Minister

Nuclear Weapons: USA CDN NEGOTIATIONS

We were called to the state dept at 5:45 pm this evening and handed copies of a press announcement scheduled for release at 6:15 pm. Text in following tel.

  1. Willis Armstrong, after apologizing that it had not rpt not been possible to give us more advance notice of press announcement, said that he was under instructions to make certain supplementary comments, as follows.
  2. First, there had been four years of discussions on this problem. Every effort to solve it had proved abortive, and [quote] not rpt not really for technical reasons. [unquote]
  3. Second, the USA authorities had examined thoroughly the possibilities of storing components in USA on a stand by basis but had concluded that this was a contrived solution which no rpt not only might fail to strengthen continental air defences but might also create added confusion at times of growing emergency. Moreover, in USA view the stand by solution contemplated would mislead public opinion as to the state of air defences.
  4. Third, USA authorities did not rpt not see the relevance of refs to the Nassau Agreement in the context of the USA CDN negotiations on nuclear weapons for CDN forces in Europe. (Honest John and F104G) were designed for nuclear weapons. If they were to be assigned to a NATO nuclear force under the Nassau agreement they would be fully effective only if equipped with nuclear weapons.
  5. Fourth, with regard to the argument about the obsolescence of weapons systems, there was in USA view a difference between (a) cancelling weapons systems which were becoming obsolete and (b) immobilizing modern weapons by not rpt not taking parts which were …2
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    Essential to the full operational effectiveness of such weapons.

  7. Armstrong volunteered certain additional comments. He said that the purpose of the statement was primarily to set out in factual terms the status of the problem as USA admin saw it in the light of the PMs speech in the House on Jan 25. There had been much press comment and speculation, largely in CDA but some of it from USA, which in the USA view made it all the more necessary to state clearly USA side of the case. No rpt no ref had been made in the statement to the fact that the disclosure of the negotiations had been made in Ott without advance notification to USA but this factor had caused much concern in WashDC. He went on, however, to draw attention to the fact that the announcement was so drafted as not rpt not to preclude further negotiations.
  8. Armstrong said that it was realized that the publication of this statement would cause concern and controversy in Ott but he said that after consideration of all the circumstances they had decided that it was impossible to withhold comment.
  9. With regard to para5 above Armstrongs attention was called to the misinterpretation which he had implied in his comments on the PMs refs to the Nassau Agreement. Armstrong was also reminded of the views I had expressed on Jan 29 to Tyler asst sec for European affairs regarding (a) the positive possibilities of continuing negotiations, as set forth in the PMs speech of Jan 25. And (b) the unfortunate effects which a public statement by USA Govt would have in CDA. As to Armstrongs remarks on the substance of the negotiations, we said that we would withhold comment until we received instructions from you

Ritchie


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John Diefenbaker en compagnie de John F. Kennedy

Source: Inconnue

Sujet: Canada – chef du gouvernement | États-Unis – chef d’état | Maison Blanche

Description: John Diefenbaker et le président américain, John F. Kennedy, bavardent, assis dans le Bureau ovale de la Maison Blanche à Washington.

Date de création 20 Février 1961

Code: MG01/XVII/JGD1377
John Diefenbaker, Dwight Eisenhower et leurs aides autour d’une table

Source: Maison Blanche

Sujet: Canada – chef du gouvernement | États-Unis – chef d’état | Traité du fleuve Columbia

Description: John Diefenbaker, le président américain, Dwight Eisenhower, et leurs aides lors de la signature du Traité du fleuve Columbia

Date de création [1961]

Code: MG01/XVII/JGD6879
John Diefenbaker en compagnie de George Pearkes et du Général Lauris Norstad

Source: Capital Press Service

Sujet: Canada – chef du gouvernement | Canada – ministre de la défense | OTAN – commandant suprême des forces alliées en Europe

Description: John Diefenbaker, George Pearkes et le Général Lauris Norstad, Commandant suprême de l’OTAN, en conversation dans le bureau du Premier ministre

Date de création 19 Mai 1959

Code: MG01/XVII/JGD1191

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Sujet: Canada – chef du gouvernement | Canada – forces armées canadiennes | Aéronef militaire

Description: John Diefenbaker en conversation avec des pilotes de chasse de la base des Forces armées canadiennes de Soest en Allemagne.

Date de création Novembre 1958

Date de fin: John Diefenbaker en conversation avec des pilotes de chasse

Code: MG01/XVII/JGD828

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Discours de John Diefenbaker à l’Association des progressistes-conservateurs de la Nouvelle-Écosse, à Halifax

Source: Parti progressiste-conservateur du Canada

Sujet: Canada – chef de l’opposition | Canada – armes nucléaires

Description:John Diefenbaker réprimande le Parti libéral du Canada qui reproche à son gouvernement de s’être engagé envers les États-Unis à se procurer des armes nucléaires, critique sans fondement

Date de création 16 Novembre 1963

Code: MG01/XVIII/T200-PAC150a

Discours de John Diefenbaker lors d’une réunion du Cercle Canadien à Ottawa

Source: Parti progressiste-conservateur du Canada

Sujet: Canada – chef du gouvernement| Canada – armes nucléaires

Description:John Diefenbaker aborde la menace de guerre nucléaire et indique que le Canada ne considèrera pas l’utilisation d’armes nucléaires à moins d’en partager pleinement le contrôle.

Date de création 24 Novembre 1960

Code: MG01/XVIII/T213-PAC57a

Discours de John Diefenbaker lors du 46e congrès international annuel du Kiwanis à Toronto

Source: Parti progressiste-conservateur du Canada

Sujet: Canada – chef du gouvernement| Canada – défense nationale

Description:John Diefenbaker plaide en faveur d’une défense nationale forte pour le Canada, rejetant les souhaits de ceux qui veulent voir le Canada abandonner ses engagements relatifs à la défense et adopter la neutralité.

Date de création 3 Juillet 1961

Code: MG01/XVIII/T209a-c-PAC54


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